PEOPLE working in the local woolbroking, buying, testing, storing and marketing industry gathered at the industry's historic watering hole, the Tradewinds Hotel, Fremantle, last Friday afternoon, continuing to revive a past tradition.
The sundowner, the second this year, was co-organised by Russell Fraser, Techwool Trading's buyer at the Western Wool Centre and Paul Foley, managing director of Swan Wool Processors.
Mr Fraser said the local wool industry had been very social in its heyday with events where buyers, brokers and "backroom people" got together regularly when many of the broking houses were large companies employing many staff.
"I think we dropped the ball a bit over the past 10 years in regards to the industry getting together as a social occasion," Mr Fraser said.
MAL GILL attended for Farm Weekly and took these pictures.
Australian Wool Testing Authority representatives Taneeka Marsden and Rob Hallion.
Techwool Trading's local wool buyer and one of the organisers of the wool industry sundowner Russell Fraser (left) and Ric Haylett, who has been a woolbuyer for 61 years and buys for Dyson Jones Wool Marketing Services.
Elders Wool sales support officer Heather Steel and Westcoast Wool & Livestock broker and the co-ordinator of its Responsible Wool Standard and SustainaWOOL programs, Justin Haydock.
The Australian Wool Exchange team from the Western Wool Centre, Nicole Vezich (left), Di Taylor, technical director Andrew Rickwood and Rochelle Coppard.
Swan Wool Processors' office manager Marianne McGrath with Spearwood Wool managing director Andrew Basire (centre) and Allan Niles, who had worked at the Jandakot wool scours. The facility closed in 2009 after 77 years, leaving Western Australia without early-stage wool processing.
Some of the Dyson Jones Wool Marketing team, broker Tim Chapman (left), marketing director John Stothard, WA State manager Peter Howie and broker Peter Ryan.
Fremantle Wool's wool buyer Phil Roberts (left), Tianyu Wool Australia wool buyer Dave Cox and Endeavour Wool Exports' wool buyer Steve Noa, who all buy at Western Wool Centre live auctions.
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